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around Puryear Park, which is a mile loop, for sprints and longer runs. As the program has grown, Coach Adams, who is an architect, and her husband, John, an engineer who owns a dredging company, have helped to provide training amenities. They know that building a proper rubberized track around Canterbury’s football field would be a feat because of the engineering fees to adjust the current angle of the field, and the mitigation and environmental permits that would be required by Southwest Florida Water Management District (swfwmd) due to Canterbury’s location on an estuary. But what they could do--and did--was use their professional skills and their own time and money to build a long jump pit beside the football field. Gator Dredging, John Adams’s company, dug the two foot hole and purchased the sand to fill it. The Adams family also purchased 10 hurdles for the team and got permission to share half the football field with the JV and Middle School Baseball teams that already train there. The school then painted five three-foot lanes across 50 yards on which the students can train. Coach Adams is not the only one who donates to the team. Coach Valentine brings sports drinks and energy bars to fuel students at every practice and meet, and Coach Johnson insists on paying for the entire team every Saturday at their post-practice breakfast at Harvey’s restaurant.

THIS YEAR, JUNIOR IY’RESE SCOTT BROKE THE SCHOOL RECORD FOR THE LONG JUMP THREE TIMES IN TWO WEEKS. As the program has grown, the coaches have found or created training locations for the students. “We asked [Athletic Director] Dave Smith to use the football field for some training, because it’s better for the students’ growing joints to run on grass--especially middle schoolers,” Adams says. “Sometimes the kids get frustrated when there are bumps in the grass because the field is not level--sprinters can twist an ankle that way, and that has caused a few injuries in kids this year. But I remind them that Usain Bolt--the fastest man in the world-does grass workouts to prolong his potential on the track. Overall, it’s better than the street.” They do use the street by Puryear Park, as a great solution when the field is wet, and the coaches have measured the length of the entire street as 300 meters, as well as the distance

That Saturday practice is, Adams says, a pressure-free practice to make running social. “It’s better to train together!” Adams says, and after the students complete one to six miles, depending on their skill level, they all go to Harvey’s for breakfast together, which advances team building. Like the Swimming team--the only other athletic team where the Middle School, JV, and Varsity teams practice together--the Track & Field team has a unique bond. “The older, varsity, high school kids can really show the younger kids what to work toward,” says Adams. “They provide a good challenge not just for running, but also for the push ups and core strength demonstrations and determination.” Current Canterbury long-jump record-holder Iy’Rese Scott (‘17) agrees saying that, ironically, the teammate who influences him the most is middle school student Sam Lee (‘22). “Sam always asks me questions about the long jump and other events I do. He hangs with me at the meets, and I see him doing a lot of the same things I do, so I can tell he needs someone to look up to for advice, like a mentor. It makes me feel good that I can motivate him, and it also makes me feel SPRING 2016 |

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CSFeatures Spring 2016  

CSFeatures is a 3x/year publication from Canterbury School of Florida (CSF) an independent, PK3 - 12, co-ed, college prep day school on two...

CSFeatures Spring 2016  

CSFeatures is a 3x/year publication from Canterbury School of Florida (CSF) an independent, PK3 - 12, co-ed, college prep day school on two...